Göteborgs Konserthus Fast-paced folk tunes with Baeva

Emotionally with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno conductor and Alena Baeva violin.

Concert length: 1 h 30 min incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
380-540 SEK Student 190-270 SEK Youth up to 29 190-270 SEK

Hear violinist Alena Baeva in Enescu’s unfinished gem, the fast-paced violin concerto Caprice Roumain with elements of Romanian folklore. From the same tradition stems Ligeti’s tribute to his homeland. After intermission, all emotions are allowed in Tchaikovsky’s saturated Fourth Symphony.

In the transitional period between the great empires and the establishment of nation-states, composers often found inspiration in folklore. Romania’s greatest musician Enescu was inspired by folk music for his exciting Capriccio for violin, here presented by violinist Alena Baeva.

György Ligeti lived in Hungary and listened to Bartók and Kodaly on the radio at a young age. At the local conservatory, Ligeti was taught harmonies, corrected in red pencil by his teacher until the assignment was perfect.

The evening ends with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, where the longing and melancholy melody of the oboe permeates the second movement. Here, too, there are folk tones in the lively finale.
The program takes the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Gustavo Gimeno on a guest performance at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest.


Get to know the classical pieces.

Introduction to the concert

Take a seat in the Great Hall one hour before the concert begins and learn more about the music you will soon experience! You will get the stories behind the music, knowledge of the composers and own reflections about the classical pieces. The introduction last for about 30 minutes, it is free and free seating in the hall. Warm welcome!


Ligeti Concert Românesc 12 min

Enescu Caprice Roumain 26 min

Intermission 25 min

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 42 min

Wednesday 6 September 2023: The event ends at approx. 21.00


The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1905 and currently consists of 109 musicians. The orchestra is based in Gothenburg Concert Hall – a gem of functionalism on Götaplatsen square that has enchanted music lovers since 1935. Wilhelm Stenhammar was the orchestra’s Chief Conductor from 1907 until 1922. He gave the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra a strong Nordic profile and invited his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to collaborate with the orchestra. Under the leadership of Chief Conductor Neeme Järvi between 1982 and 2004, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra undertook a number of international tours and made a hundred or so album recordings while establishing itself as one of Europe’s foremost orchestras. In 1997 the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra received the title of the National Orchestra of Sweden. Since season 2017-2018 Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Since season 2019-2020 Barbara Hannigan is Principal Guest Conductor. Christoph Eschenbach was also Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony in the years 2019-2022 – together they formed a strong three-leaf clover consisting of three completely different types of artists. We are also extremely proud to be an official partner of soprano Barbara Hannigan’s mentor initiative Equilibrium, with focus on young singers and musicians who are just beginning their careers. Sten Cranner is the orchestra’s CEO and Artistic Director, while Gustavo Dudamel holds the title of Honorary Conductor and Neeme Järvi that of Principal Conductor Emeritus. Region Västra Götaland is owner of the orchestra. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra works regularly with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Joana Carneiro, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Christian Zacharias and Anja Bihlmaier.

Gustavo Gimeno conductor

Alena Baeva violin

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